UK Falls Below Kazakhstan In Top Expat Destination Survey

The Huffington Post | Owen Bennett | Posted 07.09.2017 | UK Politics

The UK has fallen below Kazakhstan in a list of top expat destinations thanks to a rise in the cost of living and ongoing political instability. A sur...

Nicolas Cage Is Pictured In Kazakhstan And The Internet Is On Fire

The Huffington Post | Graeme Demianyk | Posted 24.07.2017 | UK Comedy

‘Nicolas Cage is in Kazakhstan’ might not sound like the most promising of introductions, but the picture associated with his visit was an instant...

Why The World Needs To Be Constantly Reminded Of The Consequences Of Nuclear Weapons

Karipbek Kuyukov | Posted 24.08.2017 | UK
Karipbek Kuyukov

I believe that unity and common cause, which once saved my family, can give us the strength to fight the nuclear weapons we ourselves have created. I am not a naïve person. I realise the realities of fighting for a nuclear-weapons-free world today. But perhaps not in my time, but maybe in two generations, maybe in five generations, there will be solid changes.

Kazakhstan - A Country to Watch

Tobias Ellwood | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Politics
Tobias Ellwood

Think of Kazakhstan and the chances are your thoughts are out of date. This proud, rich and extremely large country has escaped the shackles of its So...

Resection, Drugs and Rock 'n' Roll

Jeremy Allen | Posted 08.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jeremy Allen

I asked my partner Claire the other day why they call it a "livery section", which sounds a bit vague for my liking. "You mean a liver resection?" she replied. If the Two Ronnies were still around then there'd be a sketch in that.

Nine Tips If You're Planning to Visit Central Asia

Tom McLoughlin | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tom McLoughlin

Central Asia; it's perhaps the lesser known segment of the continent to many travellers. If this is your first travel experience of the "five 'Stans" (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), there will be some guaranteed surprises along the way. Here are nine tips to bear in mind before you head to this incredible part of the world...

Latest MH370 Theory Involves Putin And A Kazakhstan Airstrip

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK

A science writer and pilot who has regularly appeared on TV to discuss the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has posited an intriguing t...

Fighting Human Trafficking in Supply Chains: What You Can Do

Madina Jarbussynova | Posted 27.12.2014 | UK
Madina Jarbussynova

As more and more stories of human trafficking appear in newspapers and on television, consumers are increasingly asking what they can do to fight this problem. Many are frustrated, and feel disconnected from the people who make the clothes they wear or pick the fruit they eat, toiling in foreign countries and even on distant continents thousands of kilometres from the stores and markets where the products are sold...

Asia-Pacific Is Leading the World on Carbon Emissions Trading

Adam Matthews | Posted 10.03.2014 | UK
Adam Matthews

This article is co-authored with Terry Townshend who is Head of Policy at GLOBE International It is not well know that Kazakhstan -- a nation whose l...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Danny Vs His Dad

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 11.11.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Monday 11 November 2013... 1) DANNY VS HIS DAD The chairman of the Lochaber housing association in Scotland ...

Interpol Red Notices and the Rights of Refugees

Alex Tinsley | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Politics
Alex Tinsley

As the recent cases of Sayed Abdel Latif and Mukhtar Ablyazov have showed, the increasing recourse to Interpol's systems is having a dramatic impact upon the institution of asylum, leaving some important unanswered questions about how Red Notices affect refugees.

What The Devil? Giant Pentagram Etched Into Remote Corner Of Kazakhstan

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 05.10.2013 | UK

A 1,200ft pentagram has been photographed etched into the ground in a remote corner of Kazakhstan. The sign – which is often associated, thought...

The 'Arms for Dictators' Scandal Isn't New - It Is Cross-Party, Well-Established and Has Been Going on for Too Long

James Elliott | Posted 16.09.2013 | UK Politics
James Elliott

The fringe issue of arms export criteria became headline news today, with the Independent's splash on an 'arms for dictators' scandal. A parliamentary...

Russian Rocket Crash Possibly Caused By Human Error

Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.07.2013 | UK Tech

The crash that destroyed a Russian rocket carrying £131.4 million of satellites may have been caused by sensors being installed upside down. The u...

Trapped in the Zone: Edward Snowden Shouldn't Take Everything Putin Says at Face Value

Neil Durkin | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Like everything about this amazing case, Edward Snowden's attempt to claim asylum has become an enormous story in itself. Reportedly still holed up in the "transit zone" of Moscow's Sheremetyevo International Airport, Snowden's WikiLeaks-assisted efforts to seek a place of political refuge are proving to be as fraught as you might expect in this increasingly strange affair.

WATCH: Russian Rocket Explodes On Take-Off

Huffington Post UK | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Tech

An unmanned Russian rocket has crashed seconds after take-off in Kazakhstan destroying three satellites and spilling up to 500 tonnes of toxic propell...

LOOK: Cameron Looking Awkward In Kazakhstan

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK

As prime minister, you would expect to have to participate in ceremonies in foreign countries, all in the name of diplomacy. But it would be hard t...

Kazakhstan: David Cameron's Oil-Slicked PR

Neil Durkin | Posted 31.08.2013 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

As the news headlines have mentioned many times, this is the first-ever visit from a British prime minister to this vast, oil-and-gas-rich country, fictional home of Borat, but very real land of repression and human rights abuse. How to play it if you're the British prime minister? On the face of it, it's tricky politics.

Mehdi's Morning Memo: Give MPs A Pay Rise? Really? I Mean, Really?

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Politics

The ten things you need to know on Monday 1 July 2013... 1) WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER, PART 254 Who says Ipsa has it in for MPs? From the Teleg...

'Serious And Deteriorating' Human Rights Abuse In Kazakhstan

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has been forced to reject assertions he was putting economic ties with the mineral-rich nation ahead of concerns over human rights abuse...

'I Want To Be Harry Potter'

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron has admitted he would like to be Harry Potter - but hinted that many Britons might view him as the evil Voldemort. The Prime Minister...

Cameron Lands In Kazakhstan

PA | Posted 30.08.2013 | UK Politics

David Cameron became the first serving prime minister to visit Kazakhstan as he began a visit to the mineral-rich country with hopes of boosting Briti...

A Prison within a Prison: the Solitary Confinement of Kazakh Poet Aron Atabek

Cathal Sheerin | Posted 24.08.2013 | UK
Cathal Sheerin

Hooded and handcuffed, sixty year old poet Aron Atabek shuffles around a dimly-lit room. The guards accompanying him prevent any communication with hi...

Human Rights, Hashtags and the UK's Policy Towards Central Asia

Eleanor Blatchley | Posted 19.08.2013 | UK Politics
Eleanor Blatchley

It's clear that the biggest priority of all with regards to Uzbekistan is securing the safe passage of UK military equipment from Afghanistan back through Uzbek territory. In February the UK agreed to gift £450,000 of military kit to the country to secure such passage. Defence minister Philip Hammond said he was confident the kit would not be used for 'internal repression'. But even if this supposed confidence is not misguided, what message does it send that a government which just a few years ago was under strict arms embargoes from the EU and US on human rights grounds (for massacring hundreds of its own citizens in Andijan in 2005) is now enjoying military gifts from the UK?

Music as a Sixth Sense - Interview with Sholpan Sharbakova

Katerina Zherebtsova | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Entertainment
Katerina Zherebtsova

Sholpan Sharbakova, the classical pianist, graduate of the Royal Academy of Music in London and Gnessins Academy of Music in Moscow and a soloist with the Astana State Philarmonia talks about music as an Olympic sport, the influence of the Kazakhstan upbringing and the importance of teaching music to kids.